Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3588: Orlando Shooting, Video From Inside Pulse Nightclub - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Near the end of the above video, Amanda Alvear appears briefly. It was captured just as the shots began to ring out Sunday Morning at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. She shared this video on Snapchat. Alvear's brother as well as a friend subsequently posted it on Facebook. She can be heard saying something regarding a "shooting" (during 0:34). Ms. Alvear was one of the 49 people killed by the gunman Omar Mateen

This image (during 0:33) shows Ms. Alvear as she is transitioning into a heightened state of anxiety (facial touching) with some beginnings of alertness and very early fear. Note that her eyelids are opened wider than baseline and nostrils are mildly flared. Her mouth is not yet displaying fear. In this moment she has not yet fully processed what is happening and is a state of some disbelief.

This image captured approximately 3.1 seconds later (during 0:36) shows Amanda Alvear's inner (medial) eyebrows elevated with an accompanying elevated central forehead contraction. Ms. Alvear's mouth has not yet acquired a classic configuration of fear - but one of anxiety and worry - and empathy. This is a manifestation of emotional pain. Notice also that her eyes are no longer opened widely.

In this near last clear image/frame captured of her life, we can see that Amanda Alvear's expression was that of empathy (specifically emotional pain for others) - rather than fear.

 Ms. Alvear was worried and concerned for safety of others - not herself. Empathy was Amanda's default emotion.

My sincere and deepest condolences for Amanda Alvear, her family - and all the victims and their loved-ones of the Orlando tragedy.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3587: The Orlando Mass Shooting, Omar Mateen and Warning Signs - Body Language Red Flags 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2355: Adam Lanza's College ID and the Body Language of Eyes Chronically Wide Open

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3538: Barack Obama, David Cameron, Number 10, Brexit and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3504: Raúl Castro Lifts Barack Obama's Arm at Press Conference 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3475: John Kasich Hugs a Supporter - Was He Sincere? 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3436: Is Hillary Clinton Intimidated by Donald Trump? Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3411: Donald Trump's Vulgarity, "Schlonged" and Body Language Tells